Interview with Jeff Vande Zande Author of “Detroit Muscle.”

Jeff Vande Zande

Jeff Vande Zande teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Delta College. His books of fiction include Emergency Stopping and Other Stories, Into the Desperate Country, Landscape with Fragmented Figures and Threatened Species and Other Stories (Whistling Shade Press). His novel American Poet won the Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Writing by a Michigan Author and a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan. For more information, contact Jeff Vande Zande ( Nicola: Hi Jeff, Good morning So the first thing I wanted to ask you is what’s your own experience of addiction? Jeff:  My own experience? Well, as far as I know, I’m not addicted. There’s alcoholism in my family pretty rampant, so I’ve tried to keep an eye on that in myself. In stressful times, I’ll get into a nightly habit with Jameson, but then I can go weeks where I don’t even think about… Continue reading

Excerpt from “Detroit Muscle” A Novel About Hope & Renewal After Addiction

The room’s one window is covered by a dark Venetian blind. The sunlight behind it is only a rumor. There’s a lamp on the desk and a lamp turned on next to Robby where he sits in a leather chair. He’s slumped in his seat with his elbows on the arm rests. His hands hang from his wrists above his pant pockets. He rubs his middle fingers back and forth over his thumbs making muted snaps. His hair hangs in his eyes. On the other side of the coffee table, the therapist jots something down on the legal pad resting against his crossed legs. He is a shorter, thin man with a head of wavy salt and pepper hair. He wears a sports coat over a Detroit Pistons t-shirt with blue jeans and black monk straps on his feet. His eyes smile. “And so,” he says, looking up at Robby,… Continue reading

There Is Recommended Protocol To Deal With All Epidemics – Unless It’s A Highly Profitable Drug Epidemic Of Course. – By Nicola O’Hanlon


There is no doubt that there is an epidemic of opioid abuse in our world. The definition of epidemic in the Cambridge Dictionary:  a particular problem that seriously affects many people at the same time. This particular epidemic is persistent, brutal and killing indiscriminately. But why is this epidemic not being dealt with like other epidemics? We live in countries with a great deal of knowledge on how to control epidemic diseases. The World Health Organization states, in their steps to control any epidemic, that the reduction/elimination of the infectious agent from the source is critical. The infectious agent in this case appears to be prescription opioid pain pills. While it doesn’t account for all cases of opioid addiction, it now appears that it is the first introduction for the majority of todays heroin addicts, in America in particular, to their opioid addiction. It used to be a case of… Continue reading

The Addict Who Still Suffers – By Gabriel Rheaume


My name is Gabe and I’m an addict. I’ve been clean since April 9th, 2015. I’m just so grateful to be alive today. I had a profound moment of clarity last year, while I was in treatment, and I’d like to share it with you. When I checked myself into Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, I wasn’t looking for recovery; I didn’t even really know what that was. I came because I ran out of money.. ran out of was cold.. and I wasn’t welcome anywhere else. I was in legal trouble, cheated all of my friends and family and stole from my parents. I was homeless, and my car was broken down… I was completely out of luck you might say. When I entered treatment, I was sick already, I was filled with guilt for the things I had done.  Shame, embarrassment, sadness, anger, confusion, fear, and misery consumed… Continue reading

The History of Cocaine & It’s Effects on The Environment

Studio 54

The rise in popularity of Cocaine or (benzoylmethylecgonine) is most often associated with the disco era of the late 1970’s and 80’s when the glamour of disco clubs such as New York’s Studio 54 influenced popular culture far and wide. It’s almost instant euphoric effect made it the must have drug, not just with addicts, but also with the occasional or recreational user. However, its popularity goes back a lot further than that. Documented history traces its first use back to the ancient Inca tribes that lived in the Andes Mountains. Of course they weren’t taking it to enable them to dance all night under shiny disco balls. As with the majority of drugs on the streets today, cocaine was initially used for medicinal purposes. Tribes people chewed the raw ingredient of cocaine, the coca leaf, to extract the stimulant inside that increased their heart rates and breathing. In turn… Continue reading